Peterson, 30, realizes he doesn’t have many more opportunities to advance deep into the postseason.
The last two playoff teams that Adrian Peterson was a part of were about as similar as Brett Favre and Christian Ponder, the quarterbacks who started for those teams in 2009 and 2012.
On Thursday, Peterson was asked which of those teams he feels is most similar to this year’s playoff team.
The team in 2009 was 12-4, earned a first-round bye and beat Dallas 34-3 at home before, well, you know. The win over Dallas is the last time this team won a playoff game. It also stands as the last playoff win of Favre’s career.
The team in 2012 was carried by Peterson’s 2,097-yard MVP season. Ponder played well during a four-game winning streak to clinch a wild-card berth, but was injured in the regular-season finale over Green Bay and was unable to play in the playoff loss a week later at Lambeau Field.
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Peterson, as expected, said this year’s 11-5 division champion team is more comparable to the 2009 team even if the quarterbacks are 17 years apart. Favre was 40. Teddy Bridgewater is 23.
“Of course, Teddy is not a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Peterson said. “But he’s definitely getting the job done. Each week, he continues to get better.
“We have a lot of athletes offensively that are able to make plays. Our defense is as good as it’s been since I’ve been in Minnesota. So I feel like all phases are playing well and the special teams as well. I feel like we have a great opportunity ahead of us.”
Peterson joined the Vikings in 2007. He made the playoffs in 2008, losing as a No. 3 seed at home to the No. 6 seed Eagles. Now, he’s in his ninth season and his playoff record is 1-3.
So, yeah, he feels a sense of urgency.
“Coming here in 2007 and making the playoffs (for the first time in 2008) and here we are now, 2016, and here I am now 30,” Peterson said. “I don’t know how much longer I’m going to play, but you know you kind of look back and say, ‘Wow, we really haven’t had too many opportunities.’ … You’re able to see how fast time can go without being able to make it into the postseason.
“So the sense of urgency is definitely there on behalf of (the veterans). That’s why we’ve been coaching these young guys to be prepared and not take it for granted.”
Peterson didn’t practice again, but he backed up coach Mike Zimmer’s earlier comments that Peterson will be good to go despite being on the injury report with a lower-back injury.
“I’m good,” he said. “I’m feeling good. I was able to rest the body today. I’ll be ready to roll on Sunday.”
In other injury news, Zimmer said nose tackle Linval Joseph made it through practice without any swelling or other problems with the big right toe that has sidelined him in four of the past five games, including the Packers game.
“I think he’ll be good to go,” Zimmer said of Joseph.